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ThalidomideBrand Names

Worldwide

The following information regarding the various brand names of the drug thalidomide is the most recent research. The data as come via Medical Journals, Doctors with thalidomide disability experience and Worldwide Thalidomide Organisations. In some countries were the drug was not available it could have come via neighbouring states or through other means for example arm forces.

 

Country

Brand Name of Thalidomide

Available Dates

Angola

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis

no data available  

Argentina

Softenil

withdrawn March 1962

Australia

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

April 1958 - Dec. 1961

Austria

Softenon

1958 - Dec. 1961

Belgium

Enterosediv, Noctimid, Softenon

1959 - 1962

Brazil

Ectiluran, Ondasil, Sedalis, Sedin, Slip, Verdil

March 1959 - June 1962

Canada

Talimol, Kevadon

Late 1959 - April 1, 1961 as samples, then licensed and finally withdrawn on 2nd March, 1962

Canary Islands

 

1959 - 1961

Cyprus

Softenon

withdrawn April 1961

Denmark

Lulanin, Neosedyn

Oct. 1959 - Dec. 1961

Dominican Republic

 

There is no evidence that the drug was ever licensed.

Finland

Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Peracon, Prednisediv, Softenon

Sept. 1959 - Dec. 1961

France

 

There is no evidence that the drug was ever licensed.

Ghana

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

no dates available 

Great Britain

Asmaval, Distaval, Distaval Forte, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

April 1958, the drug was voluntary withdrawn in Nov 1961. Some cases were reported after the withdrawal date, because of various reasons

Guinea

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

withdrawn in 1961

Hong Kong

Poli-Gripan

no dates available 

Hungary

 

There is no evidence that the drug was ever licensed.

Iran

 

1959 - 1966

Iraq

 

1960 - 1961

Ireland

Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Poli-Gripan, Prednisediv, Softenon

May 1959 - January 1962

Israel

Thalin, Thalinette

only available for short period of time

Italy

Asmadion, Calmorex, Corona-Robetin, Gastrinide, Imidene, Imidene ipnotico, Profarmil, Quetimid, Quietoplex, Sedimide, Sediserpil, Sedoval K-17, Theophyl-Choline, Ulcerfen, Valip

still on sale ten months after German pharmaceutical company withdrawal

Japan

Bonbrain, Glutanon, Isomin, NeoNibrol (also: New Nibrol), Nerufatin, Proban-M, Sanodormin, Shin-Naito-S, Shin Nibrol, Sleepan

January 1958 - 1963
the drug was easily to buy available over the counter.

Jordan

 

1959 - 1961

Lebanon

 

1959 - 1961

Malaysia

Poli-Gripan

 

Malta

Softenon

 

Mexico

Talargan

1959 - 1962

Mozambique

 

1960 - 1961

Netherlands (Holland)

Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Softenon

January 1959 - Nov. 1961

New Zealand

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

 

Norway

Nevrodyn, Neurosedyn

Nov. 1959 - Dec. 1961

Pakistan

Poli-Gripan

 

Peru

Softenil

 

Portugal

Algosediv, Contergan, Distaval, Enterosediv, Imida-Lab, Kevadon, Noctosediv, Sedi-Lab, Softenon

August 1960 - Dec. 1961

Saudi Arabia

 

1959 - 1961

Singapore

 

no data available 

Somalia

 

no data available  

Spain

Imidan, Softenon

May 1961 - May 1962

Sudan

 

1959 - 1961

Sweden

Neurosedyn, Noxodyn, Noxosedyn

The drug was available on two occasions - Sept. 1958 - Dec. 12, 1961, withdrawn for a second time on the 14th March 1962, discreetly

Switzerland

Algosediv, Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Softenon

Sept. 1958 - Dec. 1961

Syria

 

1959 - 1961

Taiwan

 

Sept. 1958 - 1962

United States

Kevadon

1958 - December 1961 as samples only and clinical trials

West Africa

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

no data available  

West Germany

Algosediv, Contergan, Contergan Forte, Contergan Saft, Contergan-Suppositorium, Grippex, Pantosediv, Peracon-Expectorans, Prednisev, Softenon, Softenon Forte

October 1, 1957 - November 28, 1961. This is where the original drug was manufactured.  The first babies were reported as early as 1956, but only to employees of the drug company ‘Chemie Grünenthal’.

Yugoslavia

 

There is no evidence that the drug was ever licensed.


The following countries had reported that the drug was available and that babies with thalidomide type disabilities were being born during 1959 - 1962.

The drug was reportedly available via samples and other means. However the dates of availability cannot be confirmed, because there was little data available. One thing that is certain is that the drug could have not been available before 1st October 1957.

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Burma, Chile, Curacao, East Germany, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gaza, Goa, Greece, Haiti, Kuwait, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Rhodesia, South Africa, Thailand.

 

The next diagram highlights the many brand names that thalidomide has been called and the countries that the brand name was linked too.

 

Brand Name Of Thalidomide

Countries Available

Algosediv

Portugal, Switzerland, West Germany

Asmadion

Italy

Asmaval

Angola, Australia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guinea, New Zealand, West Africa

Bonbrain

Japan

Calmorex

Italy

Contergan

Portugal, West Germany

Contergan Forte

West Germany

Contergan Saft

West Germany

Contergan-Suppositorium

West Germany

Corona-Robetin

Italy

Distaval

Angola, Australia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guinea, New Zealand, Portugal, West Africa

Distaval Forte

Great Britain

Ectiluran

Brazil

Enterosediv

Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland

Gastrinide

Italy

Glutanon

Japan

Grippex

West Germany

Imida-Lab

Portugal

Imidan

Spain

Imidene

Italy

Imidene ipnotico

Italy

Isomin

Japan

Kevadon

Canada, Portugal, United States

Lulanin

Denmark

NeoNibrol (also: New Nibrol)

Japan

Neosedyn

Denmark

Nerufatin

Japan

Neurosedyn

Norway, Sweden

Nevrodyn

Norway

Noctimid

Belgium

Noctosediv

Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland

Noxodyn

Sweden

Noxosedyn

Sweden

Ondasil

Brazil

Pantosediv

West Germany

Peracon

Finland

Peracon-Expectorans

West Germany

Poli-Gripan

Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Pakistan

Prednisediv

Finland, Ireland, West Germany

Proban-M

Japan

Profarmil

Italy

Quetimid

Italy

Quietoplex

Italy

Sanodormin

Japan

Sedalis

Brazil

Sedi-Lab

Portugal

Sedimide

Italy

Sedin

Brazil

Sediserpil

Italy

Sedoval K-17

Italy

Shin-Naito-S

Japan

Shin Nibrol

Japan

Sleepan

Japan

Slip

Brazil

Softenil

Argentina, Peru

Softenon

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, West Germany

Softenon Forte

West Germany

Talargan

Mexico

Talimol

Canada

Tensival

Angola, Australia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guinea, New Zealand, West Africa

Thalin

Israel

Thalinette

Israel

Theophyl-Choline

Italy

Ulcerfen

Italy

Valgis

Angola, Australia, Ghana. Great Britain, Guinea, New Zealand, West Africa

Valgraine

Australia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guinea, New Zealand, West Africa

Valip

Italy

Verdil

Brazil

 

The research was completed on 4th April 2004.   

Research by Freddie Astbury (Thalidomide UK).

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